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NEWS: Big cycling safety changes coming to Highway Traffic Act

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Interesting proposed legislation about changes to the Highway Traffic Act coming from Queens Park:

Allowing cyclists to use the paved shoulders on unrestricted provincial highways to promote safer opportunities to cycle

Supporting cycling in urban areas by allowing municipalities to create contra-flow bicycle lanes to provide more direct routes and connectivity for cyclists

Increasing the fine range for convictions of dooring of cyclists from $60 – $500 to $300 – $1,000 and raising the demerit points from two to three

Requiring all drivers to maintain a distance of one metre when passing cyclists

Increasing the maximum fine from $20 to a set fine amount that falls in the range of $60 – $500 for not using required bicycle lights and other reflectors/reflective material; and permit the use of flashing red lights as a safety feature on bicycles

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